So What (Ronny Jordan Version)

Ronny Jordan’s acid-jazz cover of So What (composed by Miles Davis) was the first single of the late English jazz guitarist. It was released in 1992 on his debut album The Antidote and was a worldwide hit.

In this lesson, you will learn how to play Ronny Jordan’s version of So What, including the melody and the first two guitar licks that are featured on his recording.

 

 

So What – Video

So What (Ronny Jordan Version) - Jazz Guitar Lesson

 

Harmonic Analysis

So What is a modal tune with an AABA structure.

The identical A sections are in D minor and the melody is based on the D Dorian mode.

The B section is in Eb minor and based on the Eb Dorian mode, a half-tone higher compared to the A sections.

 

D Dorian Mode

The D Dorian mode is the second mode of the C major scale.

It has the same notes as the C major scale, but its tonal center is D.

The characteristic note of the Dorian mode is the natural 6th (B in the case of D Dorian). Most other minor scales (except melodic minor) have a b6.

 

C Major ScaleCDEFGAB
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D Dorian ModeDEFGABC
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D Dorian mode notes

 

Here are the two most common fingerings of the D Dorian mode:

 

D Dorian mode fingering 1

 

D Dorian mode fingering 2

 

Eb Dorian Mode

The Eb Dorian mode is the second mode of the Db major scale, a half-tone higher than the D Dorian mode and C major scale.

It has the same notes as the Db major scale, but its tonal center is Eb.

 

Db Major ScaleDbEbFGbAbBbC
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Eb Dorian ModeEbFGbAbBbCDb
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Eb Dorian mode notes

 

Here are the two most common fingerings of the Eb Dorian mode:

 

Eb Dorian Mode Fingering 1

 

Eb Dorian Mode Fingering 2

So What – Backing Track

 

Ronny Jordan (Miles) - So What (Backing Track) 打ち込み

 

So What – Melody

 

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So What (Ronny Jordan) guitar tabs page 1

So What (Ronny Jordan) guitar tabs page 2

 

So What – Ronny Jordan Lick 1

 

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Ronny Jordan So What Dorian lick 1 page 2

Ronny Jordan So What Dorian lick 1 page 2

 

So What – Ronny Jordan Lick 2

 

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Ronny Jordan So What lick 2 page 1

Ronny Jordan So What lick 2 page 2

 

So What (Ronny Jordan) Guitar Pro FileGuitar Pro File

 

 

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33 thoughts on “So What (Ronny Jordan Version)”

  1. PAUL

    Thanks for sharing.
    The Guitar Pro file is very usefull and I really appreciate it. Thanks

  2. Robert

    So great thanks for sharing. That piano solo on guitar would be a killer challenge…

  3. Anders Ekman

    Thank you so much for all the great lessons! Much appreciated.

  4. Pedro Noleto

    Great, Dirk! Many thanks for this one. I love smooth jazz, acid jazz, jazz funk, bluesy jazz, besides jazz mainstream of course. Hope you do something from the repertoire of Lee Ritenour and Larry Carlton in the near future. All the best, Pedro Noleto

    1. Andreas

      Thanks for the lesson. I was wondering if it is really the case that between the lick1 and lick2 sections there is a „space“ bar 65, before lick 2 starts at 66. And the same seems to appear before the piano solo.

  5. Michael

    Thanks. A great tune.
    (There seems to be a problem with opening the guitar pro file)

  6. Sedat Karakaş

    Thank you for effort Ronny Jordan and Chuck Loeb are all time favourite smooth jazz players of mine

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